Freelance Contractors


( Last Updated : July 27, 2021)

Contract Roles at CADTH

Freelance Opportunities

Periodically, CADTH has requirements for independent contractors, including medical writers, clinical experts, researchers, ethicists, information specialists and medical librarians, and health economists. Typical roles and qualifications are listed here, and postings for specific opportunities can be found on our Job Listings.

For roles related to writing CADTH reports, candidates must have:

  • a clear writing style and an ability to translate complex medical issues into easy-to-understand language
  • a background in health research.

Environmental Scan and horizon scanning bulletin authors

CADTH requires researchers or medical writers with an aptitude for locating information in obscure places. This work may involve contacting federal, provincial, and territorial sources, or industry, for information not publicly available or published in traditional sources.

  • The minimum level of knowledge is acquired through completion of an undergraduate degree in a research-related health discipline, plus at least two to four years of health-sector research experience.
  • Assets include:
    • a graduate degree in a health-related field
    • experience with survey design.

Rapid Response  review authors

CADTH needs researchers to quickly conduct literature reviews on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, procedures, and other health technologies. It is important to have strong abilities in the critical appraisal of published scientific and medical literature, as well as the ability to meet tight timelines.

  • The minimum level of education is a graduate degree in epidemiology, pharmacy, pharmacoepidemiology, health services research, or another health-related field.
  • The ability to draft reports and complete revisions within a short time, as well as same-day responsiveness to email, are required.

    ​Other requirements include:
    • experience in the critical appraisal of clinical evidence
    • strong analytical and critical thinking skills
    • an understanding of medical and scientific language, the principles of evidence-based medicine, and concepts of study design.

Clinical Reviewers

We look for researchers to conduct evidence-based analyses on drugs, diagnostics, and medical, dental, and surgical devices and procedures, and to prepare reports on the findings.

  • The minimum level of education is a graduate degree in a health-related discipline, with a minimum of two (2) to four (4) years of research experience.
  • Training in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as pharmacy experience (for pharmaceutical topics), are considered assets but are mandatory for contractors undertaking an analysis of complex network meta-analysis studies.

    ​Other requirements include:
    • experience in the critical appraisal of medical literature
    • an understanding of research principles and evidence-based medicine principles
    • an understanding of medical and scientific language, and concepts of experimental design
    • knowledge of the drug formulary decision-making process (for pharmaceutical topics).

Qualitative research (across report types) authors

CADTH needs researchers experienced in qualitative evidence syntheses, with:

  • the minimum level of knowledge normally acquired through a graduate degree in a social sciences or health-related discipline and two (2) to four (4) years of experience conducting primary or secondary qualitative research.

    ​Other requirements include:
    • experience in the critical appraisal of qualitative health-related evidence
    • a working knowledge of a range of qualitative data analysis techniques
    • an understanding of rigorous qualitative research design and strategies
    • an understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine and study design.

Health economists

Health economists must have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • critically appraising existing economic evaluations
  • designing and undertaking economic evaluations, budget impact analyses, and reviews of economic evidence
  • developing computer-based economic models for performing economic evaluations and budget impact analysis
  • minimum requirements that include a graduate degree in economics, mathematics or equivalent, training in the economic evaluation of health technologies, and a minimum of one (1) to two (2) years of experience in health services research.

    ​Other requirements include:
    • intermediate-level skills in performing health economic and/or pharmacoeconomic analyses, skills in computer-based economic and statistical modelling, and solid analytical skills.

Research information specialists/medical librarians

We need information specialists experienced in analyzing research questions and implementing literature search strategies to find and manage evidence from a range of biomedical sources. This includes:

  • at minimum, the completion of a master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Studies (professional librarian designation) from an American Library Association-accredited university, and three (3) to five (5) years of experience in a health sciences library or related field.

    ​Other requirements include:
    • the ability to critically interpret research questions and translate them into search strategies for CADTH’s systematic reports and other complex projects
    • critical appraisal skills to assess study designs and retrieve relevant evidence
    • the ability to analyze information needs and select appropriate information sources and evidence.

Clinical experts

CADTH needs clinical experts to ensure the rigour and scientific quality of our research. Clinical experts participate in teleconferences to provide expert advice on research, review CADTH drafts, and write sections of the reports as required. Requirements include:

  • the minimum level of knowledge acquired through a postgraduate degree in a health-related field and study in a wide variety of medical specialties.